How to Download Your Google Photos, Contacts, Videos, Data, Email and More

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This tutorial will let you know how to save data associated with your Google Account. Download Google Photos, Contacts, Google Drive data, Videos, Email and more using the steps mentioned in this article.

Download Google Photos, Contacts, Videos and Data

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying about not keeping all your eggs in one basket, right? The same thing goes for your Google content. Don’t think that just because your data is with Google that it’s going to stay there forever.

Since Google is a private business, did you know that they have the right to delete your account and any data that’s associated? Google just needs to think it’s necessary and they’ll do it. There have been users whose accounts have been locked due to buying too many pixel phones, ¨suspicious activity¨ and because they didn’t update their billing information quickly.

So, if you’re ever locked out of your Google account, even if it’s for the silliest reasons, you will still have access to all your data.

Download Google Photos, Contacts, Videos, Data

Google Takeout: Your Key to Backing Up All Your Google Data

The first thing you’re going to need to do is to go to Google Takeout. This is Google’s official site where users can download all of their data, and it’s a page that is also very easy to use. To the left, you are going to see a list of services whose data you can download.

How to Download Google Contacts and Data

To the right, you’re going to see green check marks, if it’s green it means that something you’re going to download. If there is something you don’t want to download, just click on the green button and then it will turn gray. Once you have the green button on what you want, scroll down to Next.

The next step consists of choosing the kind of archive you’re going to use for the download. You can obviously choose the one you want, but I would recommend you choose .zip.

Download Google Photos

Don’t forget to choose the archive size. You can choose from 2GB, 5GB, 10GB, or 50GB. If you’re not sure wich one to choose, 2GB seems to be an OK size for most users.

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Choose How You Want Your Data Delivered

The next step is very important. Here is where you decide how you want to data delivered. For example, you can either have a download link sent to you via Email, upload it to Google Drive, OneDrive or Dropbox. If you choose to send it to a cloud storage, you will need to enter your login information. I think you kind of expected that, right?

Double check that you have chosen the options you want, accidents do happen. Once, you’ve double checked click on Create Archive. One thing to keep in mind is that this is not going to happen in a few seconds. It’s going to take some time, so go and get yourself something to eat to help pass the time.

If you’re more of an average Google user, then the backup should take about half an hour or so. On the other hand, if you’re a super heavy Google users, you could end up waiting as much as three days. It’s not a sure thing but don’t be surprised if it does.

Once Google is done, it will deliver your data through the method you chose. You won’t have to worry about a thing after that. I opted to have my data sent to my Dropbox account. After about 30 minutes or so I checked and sure thing, there it was.

How to Backup Your Entire Google Account

If you chose to have a link sent to your Email, the link is only good for seven days. So, try not to forget and set a reminder if you need to.

Also Read: How to download Facebook Page Archive


Don’t wait for something to go wrong to then start worrying about backing up your data. It’s better to be safe than sorry, and it’s something that is very easy to do. When was the last time you backed up your information? Let me know in the comments.

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Judy Sanhz
I can never get enough of tech in general, whether it's Android or web apps but helping others solve their tech problems also brings great satisfaction. I carry a device wherever I go, and I'm always connected. Life without the Internet just sounds too scary to me. :-)


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